What is the smallest Windows install ?

Frobi One

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May 25, 2011
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Hi,

For work I need to run some simple software that is only available in Windows. I only have a 251GB SSD, so am looking to have the smallest windows install possible in Parallels.

Anyone know that that might be ? Also any tips on things I could not install / uninstall in Windows to save space ? And maybe any tips in parallels to minimise space ?

Thanks

Frobi One.
 

Frobi One

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 25, 2011
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Chippenham Wilts UK
Thanks Guys,

The software is only a few MB. But it requires flash to run, and other windows background stuff. It will run on XP. I was just wondering if Windows 7 was more elegant and be smaller if you avoid installing all the bloatware. (I'm pretty sure that it is smaller than Vista - from bad experiences !)

Thanks
 

blevins321

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Dec 24, 2010
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Try nLite (for Win XP) http://www.nliteos.com/index.html
I haven't used it for a long time, but it worked a treat on the original Asus EeePC 700 series, which only had a 4Gb SSD.
From memory you could get the install down to below 1Gb.
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Ditto to this. You can also get the Xable update pack and have all the updates installed during the installation.

A couple big things that you can remove from the install using NLite: manual upgrade (there won't be SP4 anyway), most of the included drivers (keep the generic printer), search assistant, MSN Network Explorer, and the Tour.
 
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